Indian Health Service The Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives
Wellpinit Service Unit
Wellipinit Service Unit
P.O. Box 357
Wellpinit, WA 99040
Phone: 509-258-4517 ext. 4100
The DCWMC is dedicated to the memory of David C. Wynecoop, Sr. Mr. Wynecoop was a member of the Spokane Tribe of Indians and he served as Service Unit Director until 1985. Mr. Wynecoop had a very significant effect upon the health and welfare of the people of the Kalispel and Spokane Tribes.
The DCWMC consists of one ambulatory care health center at Wellpinit, Washington. The DCWMC primarily serves the ambulatory needs of the Spokane and Kalispel Tribes. The DCWMC is staffed with 34 employees including 2 Physicians, 1 Family Nurse Practitioner, 4 Registered Nurses, 1 Dentist, 1 Medical Technologist, 2 Pharmacists, 1 X-ray Technician, 1 Public Health Nurse and other support staff. Services include medical and dental, and also we offer a number of specialty clinics. Our specialty clinics include Ear, Nose and Throat, Pediatric, Dental Hygiene, Women’s Health, Podiatry, Orthopedics, Diabetes and Oral Sugery. In FY 2003 23,736 outpatient visits were made to the DCWMC. The total active patients served at the DCWMC is 2,316.
The DCWMC is located on the Spokane Indian Reservation in the northeast section of Washington State occupying the southern portion of Stevens County. Geographically, the northern border is the 48 th latitude with the Spokane River the southern border and the Columbia River its western border. It is mountainous region covered with timber and varies in elevation from 1,000 feet to 4,000 feet. On plateaus and valleys, farm land is relatively extensive while mountain areas are heavily timbered with frequent scattering of lakes, streams and ponds. The climate is moderate with an average rainfall of 15 inches. The DCWMC is 50 miles Northwest of Spokane, Washington, the hub of the industrial and business sector of the Inland Northwest. Spokane Hospitals and health specialists are used extensively for emergency hospitalization and specialty care by both reservations.
The DCWMC was built in 1970 and in 2001 the Indian Health Service and the Spokane Tribe of Indians completed a collaborative construction project of a new ambulatory primary health care addition to the DCWMC. The clinic expansion more than doubled the available facility space.